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Christmas is just around the corner! So here's the chance to up your arts and crafts game and inspire your kids with an amazing festive-themed activity. Elf doors are at an easy and creative Xmas activity that will keep you and your kids busy by the nice warm fire on a (hopefully) snowy afternoon. They are great fun to make, will impress your charge's parents and provide many a photo opportunity. And don't forget working together is a...
Need inspiration for original and eye-catching displays and activities for kids of all ages? This week we spoke to primary school teacher Mrs Dunn , who shared some fabulous arts and crafts activities with us. Read on for more on her original ideas and our interview with her. Hello Mrs Dunn! First of all - please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background? Hi there! My...
Trying to be the perfect nanny all the time is exhausting. Whether it's you or the kids, the chances of something going wrong are overwhelming. But at least we can laugh at the situations we get ourselves into, right? Right...? Read on for our nine hilarious and embarrassing real-life nanny confessions.   "It's an 'F' word" I had one charge, Daniel, who was very keen on trying to shock the adults around him. He made it...
Working as a nanny, 9 things nannies wish their employers knew. Interestingly, many people outside assume that the nanny job is all about the kids. In reality, it’s equally (or sometimes more) about the parents, the family, the employer. A good employer can make your work life wonderful, a real pleasure. A bad one can make your workplace miserable, even if the children are angels. With this in mind, Jobs in Childcare...
Today, we chatted with a Norland male nanny about his education with the famous Norland college. Introducing Ike Robin ( @the_manny_life_of_ike) , a manny training at Norland College! Read on to find out more! Hi Ike! Please can you tell us, how did you first get interested in working in childcare?  When I was growing up I always said to myself that I want a career based around making people happy and inspiring lives,...
Working better means more job security, increased likelihood of pay rises or bonuses and ultimately making yourself more of an 'in demand' candidate. So brush up on your skills with our list of 10 tutor job tips you might just have missed. Please note, these tips are geared towards full-time, VIP, travel and international tutoring positions!   1. Be aware of individual house rules Many households have...
Are your kids obsessed with Minecraft? The Creeper Head is straightforward and great fun to make with your kids. To find out how we did it in six easy steps, read on!   Step one: Gather your materials Assemble the troops   Raid the art cupboard or get yourself to the crafts store. You will require: A cardboard box, suitably sized to fit over your charge’s head. We used one that an iron came...
If you're a VIP nanny, birthdays and Christmas present a common conundrum. The children in wealthy families seem to have everything they need at an early age. So if you’re working as a governess, nanny, tutor or governor this can make birthdays, Christmas and special occasions something of an issue. How do I find them something thoughtful that they don’t have already? Something that the parents will look at and nod, because...
If it’s a family member’s birthday and you want to make a special gift - try this finger paint ‘silhouette’ craft. It’s easy to do, a chance to get messy and a wonderful gift for a birthday card, a Christmas present or a Valentine’s Day surprise. And because it’s finger painting your charges will enjoy making this craft too - try and get some photos of them in the process to accompany the...
What is a Chiltern nanny? How are they trained at Chiltern College? Hello Sophie! First of all - please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?   Hi, I'm Sophie ( @spoonful_of_sophie )! I’m 27 years old and I currently live with my partner in our home in a beautiful Cambridgeshire village.  I qualified as a nanny after two years at the Chiltern Nanny College, just two weeks shy...
Au Pair Pros and Cons, Pay and Future Career - Is a Job as an Au Pair Worth It? If you like taking care of the school-aged kids, want to go to another country to learn a new culture and improve your English, being an au pair is totally worth it. However, you have to do light housekeeping and work for 30 hours per week for 'pocket money'. In this blog post, we will explain what an au pair is, what duties are included and the...
Do you want to know how to teach ESL in Korea? This week we spoke to Matt Fennell  about teaching TEFL in Korea. Matt Fennell (PGCE, MA Education, TESOL-Certified) is an English teacher and tutor from Liverpool, England. He has been teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) for thirteen years. He taught in a secondary school in England for two years before moving to Korea to teach in schools and then to work as a university...